from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a wood or metal receptacle placed on a desk to hold documents which have been processed, prior to transfer to a different person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wood or metal receptacle placed on your desk to hold your outgoing material


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  • She was giving up her seats and her position, as stated on the letters now lying in her printer's out-tray.

    Boiling a Frog

  • He signed it unread and hurled it into his out-tray.

    Hard Frost

  • He flicked over the last page of the report and tossed it into his out-tray, stubbed out the cigarette and folded his hands across his middle, preparing to listen, as he usually did, with his attention fully engaged.

    All Shall Be Well

  • An hour earlier the last file, containing his final minutes, had been collected by the uniformed messenger as quietly and unceremoniously as if this final emptying of his out-tray had been no different from any other.

    The Murder Room

  • "If you are sitting in the Department of Finance - and I know this because I was there myself - if you sit there and do your grind and move files from the in-tray to the out-tray, you don't really learn a lot and you don't bring very much to the party."

    The Guardian World News

  • It noted that Dr Brash printed documents at night to collect in the morning and left documents in his out-tray for shredding, which was not attended to regularly.


  • She continued to watch him through the matted tangle of hair that had fallen about her face, as he picked up the sheaf of anatomical prints from the machine's out-tray, folded them and deposited the whole batch in his case. - Business News

  • My only complaint is that the out-tray (or folding shelf, really) is not connected well. Gold Box Deals

  • Fair enough, but on my real desktop I have a telephone, I have drawers, I have an in-tray and out-tray, I have pen and paper, and all of these things remain accessible even though I'm typing.

    Tim Anderson's ITWriting

  • As usual, the amount on his in-tray was significantly more than his out-tray, but he was used to that.



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